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Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts exits game with apparent injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:05 pm ET) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was removed from Thursday's game against the Rangers due to an apparent wrist injury.

Bogaerts was hit on the wrist by a pitch in the second inning but initially stayed in the game. He played a few innings in the field before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the fourth. He has hit .268/.320/.376 with two home runs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases in 157 at-bats.


Report: Yankees' Chris Martin to begin rehab Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:54 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Chris Martin will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, LoHud.com reports.

Martin was placed on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis in early May. He has posted a 3.55 ERA and 13:3 K:BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings.


Mariners' Robinson Cano dealing with flu-like symptoms
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:50 pm ET) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is missing his first start this season on Thursday due to flu-like symptoms, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said that Cano's symptoms popped up overnight after the team returned home from a road trip. He added that the second baseman had lost a couple pounds due to dehydration and was receiving fluids.

Cano, who went 9 for 37 on the road trip, has hit .253/.296/.333 with one home run and 13 RBI in 186 at-bats.


Rangers don't intend to start Delino DeShields at second base
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:38 pm ET) Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields played three innings at second base on Sunday, but the Rangers have no intentions to start him at the position in the immediate future, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"We like what Delino has given us at this point," manager Jeff Banister said. "He’s shown aptitude and instincts. He’s shown maturity in his at-bats. We are trying to find ways to keep him engaged and at the top of the lineup, because when he is on base, he scores runs. I don’t think we can put too much on his plate, but I don’t want to pile it so that things are falling off the edges."

A Rule 5 pick this offseason, DeShields has hit .265/.378/.373 with 10 RBI, 21 runs and 11 stolen bases in 83 at-bats.


Yankees' Slade Heathcott (quad) scratched Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:21 pm ET) Yankees center fielder Slade Heathcott has been scratched from Thursday's lineup against the A's due to a sore right quad, YES reports.

Heathcott has started four of the last six games in center field, but he'll be replaced by Chris Young due to the injury. Heathcott is 6 for 17 with one home run and three RBI in six games.

The Yankees are road favorites (-110) in Oakland on Thursday, per VegasInsider.com.


Orioles send Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:05 pm ET) The Orioles sent pitcher Tyler Wilson back to Triple-A Norfolk following Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

Wilson gave up two runs in six innings while starting Game 1 of the doubleheader, which was lost by the Orioles. He returns to a 2-4 record with a 3.29 ERA and 32:7 K:BB ratio in 41 innings over eight starts with Norfolk.


Orioles closer Zach Britton earns 13th save Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:54 pm ET) Six appearances. Six saves. That has been how the last 11 days have gone for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Britton nailed another one down Thursday in the second game of a doubleheader against the White Sox. He finished with a flourish, fanning pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez.

He has pitched scoreless ball in 16 of his 19 games.


White Sox slugger Adam LaRoche blasts fifth home run Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7:50 pm ET) Adam LaRoche followed up his three-hit performance from the first game of the White Sox doubleheader with the Orioles with a two-run home run in the nightcap. LaRoche's bomb was his fifth of the season, and first since May 13. 

His third-inning home run, his only hit of the game, gave the White Sox a temporary 3-2 lead. Though it wouldn't be enough as the Orioles went on to defeat the White Sox 6-3.  


Report: Athletics' Coco Crisp to miss a month after undergoing epidural
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:49 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp will undergo an epidural Friday, which will sideline him for a month, reports the Bay Area News Group.

Crisp is on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury. He is hitting .044 in 45 at-bats this season. He has not played since May 19.


Orioles SP Mike Wright merely mediocre, but snags second win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:45 pm ET) Orioles right-hander Mike Wright did not perform Thursday to the level he achieved in his first two starts, but that would have been virtually impossible. He had not allowed a run in two starts going in.

He pitched well enough in his latest outing to raise his record to 2-0, holding the White Sox to three runs on six hits in five innings in the second game of a doubleheader. He walked none and fanned two.

Wright was plagued by the long ball. He began the game by yielding a home run to Adam Eaton and gave up a two-run shot to Adam LaRoche in the third.

"There were some pitches I missed (with location)," Wright said, per MASNSports.com. "First batter of the game I missed up and away. Lucky enough to get through five and we got the win, so that was good."

The runs he allowed were the first in three starts. He will try to keep up the good work next Tuesday in Houston.


 
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